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Where to Eat in Paris

If you’re planning a trip to Paris and want to try all the best restaurants in Paris, here is our guide to the best Paris restaurants, cafes, bistros, bakeries, and more!

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

Le Petit Cler

This traditional French bistro a great spot for lunch near the Eiffel Tower. It’s located on a fun pedestrian shopping street. Try the Croque Madame!

Best Paris Restaurants

Marcello

Marcello is a beautiful Italian restaurant in the ultra hip Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood of Paris. There’s a large outdoor terrace that’s perfect for sitting outside on a warm summer night. Marcello is open from 8 AM until midnight, and their entire menu (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) is served all day. That means you can have homemade Italian pasta, ravioli, gnocchi, or burrata any time of the day, or if you feel like sleeping in, you can have french toast, a croissant, and freshly pressed juices in the afternoon.

Many restaurants in Paris are only open during lunch and dinner hours, and close during the middle of the day. Marcello is the perfect spot if you get hungry outside of normal hours, which can easily happen when you’re sightseeing in Paris all day! I highly recommend getting the burrata as an appetizer and the pesto tagliolini with burrata for pasta!

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

Au Petit Sud Ouest

A small traditional French restaurant near the Eiffel Tower. Perfect for a quiet dinner. These potato medallions were totally amazing. I got the duck leg and Kevin got the duck breast. I prefer Kevin’s!

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

Each table even had it’s own personal toaster for the bread!

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

For dessert we went with the creme brulee sampler: vanilla, chocolate, and pistachio. Delicious!

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

Coquelicot

Coquelicot is a traditional French bakery and a great cafe for breakfast in Montmartre. There was a long line for the bakery when we went, but you can go in the door to the right and sit down at one of the tables downstairs or upstairs for table service, and we were seated immediately. In summer there is a terrace outside.

I had a croissant, brioche and french bread with butter and jams, and a comically giant bowl of hot chocolate (or coffee, if you’d prefer.)

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

Le Bosquet

Okay, hands down, this was my favorite meal in Paris. I know it doesn’t look like much, but this is the Ravioli Gratin, and it was completely and totally life changing. It was unbelievably rich and decadent and I was nearly dying with every single bite. I wanted to go back here for dinner every single night. A perfect choice for a dinner restaurant near the Eiffel Tower. It is definitely one of my favorite Paris restaurants!

If you’re planning a trip to Paris put this on your MUST TRY list!!

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

For dessert a molten lava cake with ice cream.

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

Amorino

I am obsessed with Amorino gelato in Paris. They have locations all over Paris. We went multiple times. My three favorite flavors are: speculoos (Biscoff), Nutella, and hazelnut flavors.

Their sorbets are amazing too. The mango, raspberry, strawberry are to die for. If you’re going  to Amorino for the first time, be sure to get your ice cream in a cone!! They shape it so it looks like a rose. So beautiful!

Amorino is one of the most popular Paris restaurants for gelato!

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

Les Cocottes

Another very good restaurant near the Eiffel Tower. This place was super busy and we didn’t have a reservation, but we were seated pretty quickly at the bar on the back wall. Everything came in these cute little cast iron pots.

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

For dessert, I got the waffle with whipped cream and salted caramel sauce.

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

Kevin got this chocolate tart for dessert. Good restaurants near the Eiffel Tower can be hard to find, but this restaurant is a hidden gem!

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

Les Deux Magots

Our last breakfast in Paris was in the Saint Germain neighborhood of Paris. The ham and cheese omelette and croissant were AMAZING. The perfect last breakfast in Paris. This is honestly one of the best Paris restaurants for breakfast!

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

Laduree

Laduree has some of the best macarons in Paris. If you want to go to the Laduree on the Champs Elysees, don’t be surprised if there’s a line out the door!

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

There’s also a Laduree at the Charles de Gaulle airport that has the exact same macarons and there’s usually no line — or only 1 or 2 people in line!

If you only get 4 macarons from Laduree, be sure to get these flavors: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry marshmallow, and salted caramel.

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

Pierre Herme

Pierre Herme macarons are probably the second most famous macarons in Paris. Both Laduree and Pierre Herme have die hard fans, and the debate can get quite heated!

There are a fewPierre Herme locations in Paris (some with really long lines) but we got ours from Galeries Lafayette. There was no line here, and the macarons were amazing.

If you’ve had both Laduree and Pierre Herme, which one is your favorite?

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

La Maison du Chocolat

It’s hard to say if the macarons from La Maison du Chocolat were our favorites because they were all so incredible, but I think they were definitely my favorite chocolate macarons. They were so good. And so rich. And soooo chocolaty.

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

Angelina

Angelina is a beautiful, traditional French patisserie in Paris. They are famous for their hot chocolate.

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

The hot chocolate was very creamy and thick, but I wanted it to be a bit sweeter.

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

But these were absolutely amazing! If you are anywhere near Angelina in Paris (there is one at Versailles too!) you have to get these!!

Best Restaurants in Paris — Our Favorite Paris Restaurants!

They are like little bites of Nutella!! They are SO good and perfect for souvenirs!! I could seriously eat these all day.


Did I miss any of your favorite Paris restaurants?

Let me know in the comments!

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26 Responses
  1. Lika

    For the time being, I only dream of Paris! I dream about him dreams. Maybe in a year or two, when our son grows up, we will definitely visit the city of my dreams!

  2. Vicky Berman

    Heading to Paris for 5 days next week with my fiance and cannot wait to sample a ton of these from your post!!! SOOOOO helpful!

  3. Jessica

    I am planning a trip to Paris next year and this post definitely helped me get some ideas in mine! All this food looks so delicious! What was the average cost for the meals and or desserts?

  4. Amy

    We just returned from our trip to Paris, and after reading your recommendation had dinner at Le Bosquet. Not only was it the best meal we had in Paris, it might be the best meal we have ever had period! Wonderful atmosphere, service, wine and food! I’m so glad I pinned your post.
    Au revoir!

  5. Melody Joy Kennedy

    i am in Paris for an extended stay right now and am for sure going to the place you mentioned with the ravioli gratin! I will tag you when I post about it

  6. Amanda Davis

    My husband and I are going to Paris, Amsterdam, and London at the end of the month, so I have been reading all of your posts and planning like a mad-woman!. One question – how did you get around in Paris? You mention the iamsterdam card and the Oyster Card, but I didn’t see mention of metro cards for Paris. Did you use one or a pass of any kind?

    LOVE YOUR SITE!

  7. Louise

    Lovely post but you could hardly call ‘Aux Deux Magots’ and ‘Angelina’ off the beaten track. Both are full of tourists.

    1. TiSH

      and most of the other places are round Rue Cler, prime Rick Steves territory, so it’s full of fellow Americans :( ( I just got back from staying in an apartment nearby, so many American accents) And a hint for anyone going to Ladurée tho- don’t go to the Champs Élysées, it’s always far more crowded…

  8. Lacey

    hi,

    I will be in Paris seven weeks beginning the end of May. I have been researching tons and wanted to know about your experience with French language. Since I will be in the country for a longer amount of time, I want to try and learn some French before leaving. Suggestions?

    Lacey

  9. Abigail

    hi! i love this post and i am going to london and paris in march…. i was wondering about the prices? i am trying to save up for a ten day trip and looking for ball park prices! i hope this question is not taken in poor taste, i just want to know what to expect!

  10. Mona

    I just wanted to thank you for the morning inspiration ! You are auch an enjpyable blogger and adding the map at the end is very helpful and smart feom you
    Did u take these photos only with ur phone ?

    Sending you all the love here from Egypt :)

  11. Lynna

    I`m so so soooo jealous! Haha. Looking at all these food and your descriptions of them is making me drool as I read this at midnight!!

  12. Jaclyn

    No way!! Pistachio creme brulee!? How have I not yet heard of this. Seriously how I need it in my life. Everything else looks amazing too! That pastry from Angelina looks unbelievable, I have a major weakness for french pastries.

  13. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Oh my gosh!! We stayed right near the Rue Cler and ate there every morning. We’d get a chocolate croissant and by the end of the week the waitress new our order, complete with drinks. And on our anniversary (this was 11 years ago) we shopped up and down it for our lunch and then picnicked by the Eiffel Tower. Memories!

    Back then I wasn’t a “foodie” (well, a “dessertie”) like a I am now. I didn’t have any good chocolates or macarons! I would totally gain 10 lbs on just those if we every go back.

  14. Heidi

    Wow, that looks amazing! It’s hard to believe that the obesity rate in France is the lowest in Europe with that food around! Gotta go now, I’m hungry.

  15. sheila

    Lovely, lovely, lovely! I just gained 20lb looking at your pics! I loved that you can’t remember eating that completely droolicious looking chocolate torte! Food amnesia :D

    1. Michelle

      Haha I know what you mean Shiela! Those chocolate cup cakes certainly look like they’d hit the spot right now!

  16. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh

    Thanks so much for your food posts when you travel. Not only do I love to drool over everything but it’s nice to be able to refer to them before we go to the same places to see what we want to put on our must try list!

  17. lisa

    I’ve loved all your posts. I’ve been dreaming about a European vacation for years now and can’t wait to make it happen. I do have a question about the language. I read that they gave you an English menu…how is the English in the countries you have visited? Is an English menu common? Just wondering how much we need to learn ahead of time! Thanks!

  18. Julia @ hungryandconfused

    Great post! I’m not a macaron fan, but these photos will have me re-considering. Planning a visit to Paris sometime this year, so will check out some of these recommendations :)

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